Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs Book #1)

Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs Book #1)

by Amanda Cabot

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Overview

Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn Radcliffe is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents' murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds refuge in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don't include a family of his own.

At first, Evelyn is a distraction. But when it becomes clear that trouble has followed her to Mesquite Springs, she becomes a full-blown disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from the man who wants her dead? And will his own plans become collateral damage?

Suspenseful and sweetly romantic, Out of the Embers is the first in a new series that invites you to the Texas Hill Country in the 1850s, when the West was wild, the men were noble, and the women were strong.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493420995
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/03/2020
Series: Mesquite Springs , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 109,776
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of A Stolen Heart, A Borrowed Dream, and A Tender Hope, as well as the Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, and Westward Winds series. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards, the HOLT Medallion, and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at www.amandacabot.com.

Customer Reviews

Out of the Embers (Mesquite Springs Book #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
AE2 26 days ago
This is a great start to a new series from Amanda Cabot. Her stories are always so interesting and this is no exception. Readers will easily find themselves pulling for Evelyn (and wanting the recipes for the food she makes in her restaurant!) to find refuge and love and for Wyatt to realize what will really make him happy. The romance is sweet, the suspense and plot are intriguing, and it's easy to recommend this book to readers looking for high-quality writing. 4.5 stars. I read an ARC provided by the publisher via #NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
WildflowerMom 26 days ago
A good clean historical romance set in the 1850's among the bluebonnet covered hills of Texas. Fans of Tracie Peterson and Maggie Brendan will likely enjoy this fresh start to a new series. It has the feel of a coming of age story with a bit of mystery. The main characters are solid young adults, both looking for help in finding their life course, while holding down responsibilities thrust on them through difficult circumstances. Faith plays a minor role in the story, but influences their choices."...her life was living proof of the truth of Romans 8: 28. God had taken a terrible event and brought good from it." A few touching examples of forgiveness and grace are included in the plot, plus overcoming fear. A tender romance develops naturally through a friendship. A steady pace and later events kept the story moving along to a satisfactory conclusion. Recommend for teens and up looking for a sweet, clean read. (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
connywithay 26 days ago
“There was more to Miss Evelyn Radner than she wanted the world to see. The question was, what was behind the pretty mask, and why did she feel the need to hide?” Wyatt wonders in Amanda Cabot’s novel, Out of the Embers. ~ What ~ This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page paperback is targeted toward those who enjoy a historical romance during the mid-nineteenth century in Texas involving racehorses, a restaurant, and finding love. The beginning includes a town map, while the ending has an author’s note, an excerpt from the next book in the series, writer’s biography, and advertisements. With no profanity, topics of abandonment, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The first in the Mesquite Spring series, this tale focuses on twenty-three-year-old Evelyn Radcliffe who senses she is being watched the past ten years after her parents are murdered. When the orphanage she and a young girl living at is burned to the ground, they flee to Mesquite Springs, an idyllic town where Wyatt Clark raises racehorses. While hiding her and her charge’s past histories, Evelyn opens a small restaurant yet wonders if she will ever feel safe enough to find true love. ~ Why ~ I appreciate a read when it is engaging enough without being too mushy in the romance department, and this one has mystery and intrigue trying to resolve who is after the protagonist and the little girl. I liked learning about the town and its many characters who will, no doubt, be part of upcoming books in the series. ~ Why Not ~ Those who do not like stories about living in a small Texan town in the 1850s, taking care of horses, and old-fashioned romance will pass on this series. Others may find the sweet romance with no sex or adult situations predictable and repetitive in its description. ~ Wish ~ Although I liked guessing the outcome of Evelyn and Polly’s past and how Wyatt had to figure out what he wanted in his life, I figured the outcome early. I wished the author mixed up some of the wording whenever the two main characters talked about not wanting to marry or when they “pressed lips.” ~ Want ~ If you are an avid fan of horses and clean romance with a glint of mystery, this quick read of two individuals learning about love while finding themselves will keep you occupied for several hours. Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review. #Revell #AmandaCabot #OutoftheEmbers
3C 27 days ago
"Don't abandon your dreams. Life is too short to waste a single minute." Out of the Embers is a heartwarming work of historical fiction, full of adventure. But, really, it is far more. I doubt any reader would not be moved by the growing trust between the main characters and, eventually, the morally complex ending. Evelyn Radcliffe and a young child, Polly, travel over a hundred miles in an open wagon, fleeing a suspicious orphanage fire, and form an even closer relationship. Rancher Wyatt Clark finds them near Mesquite Springs, in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, sheltering from a thunderstorm. So, we keep reading, and along the way we meet many scoundrels, heroes, and people who judge without understanding. Cabot does a wonderful job of immersing the reader in the time and place, 1855, not all that many years after the early settlers arrived in Texas. She descriptively conveys the surroundings, the way of life, and the complexities of this time. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
summer_no9 5 days ago
This book had beautiful writing and compelling to read with that also will giving you a very little cost or this is the other more way to driving you back time to learn about history with a sweet romantic classic story which is had it all emotion. This story will make your heart broken and that will be giving you hope and healing you again with the love inside their story too. I highly recommend to everyone must read this book. “ I received complimentary a copy of this book from Revell Reads for this review”.
Moonpie72 5 days ago
I can always be assured any book my Amanda Cabot is not only a great read, but also a wholesome decent book. After the death of her parents Evelyn had made the orphanage and Mrs. Folger the matron her safe haven and home. She was 23 years old but remained there as an employee. Six year old Polly and orphan also had a special place in her heart and she watched out for her. Upon returning to town with Polly from a trip, she finds the orphanage has been set on fire and no one survived. It was no accident just like the brutal murder of her parents. Ever since that horrible day she had felt someone following and watching her, wanting to kill her too. She felt sure this was their doing and she was in danger. Immediately she leaves, taking Polly with her and instructing the child to say they were sisters. On the way a terrifying thunderstorm forces them to take shelter under their wagon. Wyatt Clark is heading home in the storm and comes up them. Hungry, frightened and exhausted he takes them to his ranch where he lives with his mother and sister. There they are taken in, loved and cared for like they were part of the family. Her excellent cooking leads to the Clarks encouraging and helping her open a restaurant in the nearby town of Mesquite Springs. There is even an apartment above the business for a new home. Her life is turned around with opportunity, hope, friends, and independence for her and Polly. But are they truly safe? It seems the “Watcher” may have found her. The suspense and mystery in the book was kept me turning the pages! Evelyn’s courage and Wyatt’s gentleness and character endeared me to both of them. I especially liked the descriptions of the restaurant and running it. I cannot imagine how they did all the cooking, cleaning and serving without modern conveniences! I am very excited to know that this book is the first in a series! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
Blooming-with-Books 5 days ago
Out of the Embers Mesquite Springs #1 By Amanda Cabot Evelyn Radcliffe has spent the last 10 years hiding, but whenever she leaves the orphanage that has been her home since her parents' murders she feels as if someone is watching. And when the orphanage is burned to ashes Evelyn is convinced that the sheriff was wrong - her parents' killer escaped. Evelyn is determined to keep Polly, the young orphan girl who was in her care at the time of the fire, safe. And safety lies faraway from where Evelyn has always lived. Her westward path takes them into the Texas Hill Country and Mesquite Springs. Convinced that this is where she and Polly will settle, Evelyn puts her culinary skills to good use by reopening the town's only restaurant. Putting the past behind her Evelyn and Polly soon find themselves at home and making new friends including the Clark family. Finding Evelyn and Polly taking shelter from a downpour, Wyatt Clark does the neighborly thing by offering them shelter in his home with his family. Wyatt dreams of a life far from the Circle C but duty ties him to the ranch. And when Evelyn's past seemingly finds her in Mesquite Springs Wyatt finds his dream of traveling taking second place to Evelyn and Polly's safety. Out of the Embers is a historical romance that is set in 1855 Texas and is the first book in a new series by Amanda Cabot. This is an enjoyable read that fans of Amanda Cabot's previous works will love. There is just a hint of mystery concerning both Evelyn and Polly that will keep the reader intrigued. This would make an excellent stay-at-home read if you have extra time on your hands. It would also make a great book club choice as each of the various characters bring something different to the story. This isn't a deep thinking book but it is the perfect way to escape into the past of Texas's Hill Country and enjoy a few hours getting to know some new friends. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations but that I provide my honest opinion ~ all thoughts expressed are my own.
DarkWolf707 5 days ago
A haunted orphan on the run, a desperate killer willing to murder whoever stands in his way, and a charming rancher who wants to follow his own dreams but stays to take care of his family. Sounded good to me, and something that set it apart from the usual Western romance. The beginning started out strong enough. Evelyn has always felt like a watcher has been monitoring her movements. When the orphanage she’s been living at for 10 years is mysteriously burned down and all its inhabitants with it, she knows her past has finally caught up with her. She flees with Polly, the only orphan to escape the carnage because she was with her. They travel to the quaint town of Mesquite Springs where during a thunderstorm, they are found by a handsome rancher, Wyatt Clark. For me, I kept looking for the story to pick up in some way. If not with the plot, at least some more interesting character interaction. But it’s very brief and any character conflicts are swiftly resolved. We had an interesting one going with Sam, a lawyer who is Wyatt’s friend, and determined to have his own way no matter what. After building up on this, though, things are swiftly resolved within a page and a half, roughly. Once we finish meandering through the rest of the story, the author decides to throw in a hasty confrontation with the villain and poof! All done, and you’re left feeling like you missed something. For characters, they’re solid, no complaints there. Polly, Evelyn’s six year old companion, I confess annoyed me tremendously. I’ve always thought that if you’re an orphan and someone is going out of their way to take care of you, show a little respect. This one shows zero, and alternates between being a cute girl to a spoiled little runt you just want to squash (I know that sounds violent :P). The romance is bland, and the standard insta-attraction that morphs into love. Nothing memorable, or what would tug at my heartstrings. For the moral message, I was a little bit disgusted with how it was portrayed. One of the themes at the beginning is to abstain from lying. Evelyn, however, in a strange town and believing that the person who murdered her parents just destroyed an orphanage with a bunch of innocent children, decides to change her last name and lie about her past to avoid drawing attention and alerting whoever might be stalking her. This is somehow still wrong. I appreciated the scene where the characters pray for healing and God answers. But what deflated it for me was “well God, we know you don’t heal everyone, so if it be your will…” Wow, that’s a load of faith. I was almost shocked the prayer even got answered. So personal feelings aside on some of the scenes, the story is charming enough on its own. If you’re looking for a lighthearted romance with just a touch of suspense, you won’t be disappointed. As for something truly moving, or even eliciting that warm feeling inside that you get when you read some books, I can’t say you’ll get that with this book. At least I didn’t, anyway. Verdict: Pass, unless you’re looking for a slow read. (I received a free copy of the book from the publisher and author from the blogging program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.)
Carolynmb 5 days ago
Out of the Embers set in Texas in the mid-1850s combines mystery and romance to form a captivating, touching story. It captured my attention and kept it from the first line: "Someone was watching." The story flows at a fitting pace, and Ms. Cabot skillfully meshes multiple storylines tying them together with a satisfying ending. The thread of faith is woven throughout the narrative. The characters are well-developed and endearing. I thoroughly enjoyed this emotionally-rich, moving story and look forward to the second book in the Mesquite Springs Series. I highly recommend this book.
MindyStaley 5 days ago
Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot is a fantastic book!! I had not previously read any books by this author, but I am delighted to have found her books! Cabot takes a simple event and builds and extraordinary world out of it that is both believable and fascinating. Cabot uses wonderful imagery that helps the reader feel as if they are in the story with all of their senses. The Mesquite Springs series is definitely one that I want to continue reading as the next books come out!
BlessedandBookish 6 days ago
Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot was my first novel by this author. While I admit it took me a few chapters to really engage with the story, I found the richness and mystery of the story to only deepen with each turn of the page. The sweet romance between Wyatt and Evelyn was genuine and endearing. Despite coming from such different backgrounds, they were an easy match and one the reader will cheer for on multiple occasions. Evelyn is such a strong woman, and it is easy to befriend her gentle spirit. Wyatt is a shoo-in for a typical hero--handsome, kind, and willing to sacrifice much for those he loves. I especially loved how he supported Evelyn while she began a new life. I also loved the Circle C Ranch and the Clark family. They made the story have a homey and charming feel. There were several characters in this book--all memorable and unique. Having such a large and unique cast made the town of Mesquite Springs more real as well a place you wish you could visit--and eat a piece of pie! This story has several moving plot lines, and at first, it may seem a bit confusing. But the author baits the reader with clues well spaced throughout the story until the entire puzzle is put together at the end. I enjoyed trying to guess the motives behind different characters and solve the puzzle before the characters revealed all, but I will admit I didn’t quite have all the pieces in the right place--the sure sign of a good mystery! Overall, I enjoyed this first installment of the Mesquite Springs series. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series! I hope we see more of Caleb’s story! Anyone who enjoys Christian historical romance will enjoy this book. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions are my own.
PrincessGlor 6 days ago
I really enjoyed Amanda's debut to her newest series. It was a very interesting story line with a mystery between several characters and figuring out how all the pieces fit together. The story kept me involved and wondering what would happen next. The book is a quick easy read and an enjoyable way to pass a day stuck at home. My only complaint with the book is that I didn't like an event that happened near the beginning of the story. I realize why it's part of the story but I think it could have been handled in a way that wasn't quite so much. I didn't think an event of that magnitude was necessary. So I docked a star for that, otherwise I thought the story was wonderful. I received this book from the publisher and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
luvnjesus 6 days ago
Ten years after her parents were killed, Evelyn is once more homeless. The orphanage that was her refuge and later her workplace has burned to the ground, and only she and a young orphan girl have escaped. Convinced this must be related to her parents’ murders, Evelyn flees with the girl to Mesquite Springs in the Texas Hill Country and finds shelter in the home of Wyatt Clark, a talented horse rancher whose plans don’t include a family of this own. Can Wyatt keep Evelyn safe from the man who wants her dead? She will do anything to keep Polly safe. After the orphanage burned and killed everyone, the only thing Evelyn can do is run. The characters are well developed. I love that when Evelyn was faced with challenges she kept moving ahead with Polly. A sweet romance and chilling mystery that kept me up late at night turning the pages as I followed Evelyn and Polly’s story as they made their home in Mesquite Springs. If you’re looking for a quick read, pick up a copy of the book, grab a cup of coffee and dive in. I received a copy of the book from Revell/Baker Publishing Group in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
deewolters 7 days ago
“Out of the Embers” by Amanda Cabot, book review. Mesquite Springs book #1 Evelyn has lived at the orphanage for 10 years, since her parents were killed. She felt safe at the orphanage and Mrs. Folger instilled a lot of disciple and rules for the children under her care. But now after a fire that destroyed the orphanage killing all inside, Evelyn finds herself homeless again. Together with the only other resident to survive the fire, Evelyn and Polly flees to the hill country of Texas. Wyatt Clark has worked so hard to keep the ranch going after his father was killed. He has raised horses and managed to make a name for himself, but he longs to leave the farm and roam. When he finds Evelyn and Polly huddled under their wagon during a thunderstorm, he takes them home for the evening. This changes everything for both of them. I enjoyed this story, but there were sad elements too. Evelyn and Polly had lost so much and count not trust anyone at the beginning. Wyatt felt the burden of caring for his mother and sister and felt he had to give up on his dreams. But through the story, all learned to forgive and trust again. I look forward to seeing these characters and others in book #2. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell. All opinions expressed are my own.
Virginiaw 7 days ago
I did not want to put this book down. I loved this historical fiction. I loved the romance and the bits of intrigue. I loved Evelyn, Polly Dorothy and Wyatt. This made me laugh and cry. I had to know if Someone was out to get Polly or Evelyn. I really enjoyed how strong Evelyn was even though she had lost her family a fairly young age. I received a copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
Shonda Fischer 7 days ago
An amazing story! I feel in love with the characters instantly, they kept me swept up in the story. I was on the edge of my seat through this book, so much that could happen to Polly and Evelyn. My mind was racing trying to figure out the mystery behind the fire and the death of Evelyn’s parents. The author does an amazing job of bonding the reader with the characters. I felt as if I knew them personally and was overjoyed with their accomplishments, sad and even scared with them. This story points out how our dreams can change with life’s situations even dreams we may not know we had inside of us. This book offers hope, love, dreams and forgiveness. I felt every emotion coursing through me as I read this incredible story. Love comes in many forms and ways we least expect it, a endearing sweet clean romance that shows anything is possible. Readers will find this book will stay with them days after the story is over. Amanda Cabot is a master storyteller that leaves you definitely wanting more! Was given a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
Lindsey Brown 7 days ago
A heartwarming historical romance that takes it's time. This is not a rushed novel, but an almost simple love story with just enough suspense to keep things moving. Well depicted characters and beautifully crafted settings will transport you back in time and place. An enjoyable way to while away a few quiet evenings. I received a complimentary copy of this title via NetGalley. Opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski 7 days ago
As other readers expressed their enthusiasm, this book did not wow me. I felt that the plot was predictable and at times far-fetched. I had a hard time continuing to read as the writing was somewhat contrived. I enjoyed the suspense and relationships that developed throughout the story, but I feel this would be better classified as a YA Christian Fiction book as it was somewhat elementary. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program. All expressed opinions are honest and my own.
WovenFromWords 8 days ago
**I received a complimentary copy of Out of the Embers through Revell Reads Blogger Program** Out of the Embers is a touching story about discovering a true sense of home through resilience and hope. The book follows a young woman named Evelyn Radcliffe and her young charge Polly after being saved (by fate) from their home being burned down. They find the sanctuary of Wyatt Clark and his family in Mesquite Springs, Texas. While Polly’s lineage has her own deep-seeded secrets, Evelyn changes her identity in order to have a more peaceful life. Along the way she encounters unexpected–and unwelcome–surprises from certain citizens. She also causes great changes in Wyatt’s life, as he seeks to discover his own destiny within the surroundings of his horse farm. Both Evelyn and Wyatt are people seeking a change in their life paths: Evelyn seeking to start over from her devastating family losses, while Wyatt longs to branch out from a seemingly static life in Mesquite Springs. They each have a missing piece in their lives to fill as they establish their positions in society. Through the close-knit community of Mesquite Springs, Evelyn and Wyatt discover the meaning of family and kindred spirits. I enjoyed the setting of the 1850s in Texas, as it displayed a simpler life. These residents live a happy life without the technology that bombards our present lives in every passing moment. Amanda Cabot also writes beautifully the nature of courtship, getting to know someone’s personality and quirks before committing your life to another. She also describes the bonding nature of female relationships, as Dorothy and Evelyn’s heartwarming scenes wonderfully describes. I found Out of the Embers to be a heartwarming novel about community coming together during difficult times. It also has the touching connection of Evelyn and Wyatt’s story as they navigate their paths in life.
vics49548 8 days ago
I felt like this book started out a bit slow for me, but wowzer. It didn’t stay that way. Danger. Mystery. Romance. This book has something for everyone. Well developed characters and true to life frontier descriptions, this book felt life-like and once I got going it was really difficult to put down. The plot is riveting as the reader wonders just what will happen next and who will get the girl. With both suspense and clean romance, if you enjoy historical fiction you will enjoy Out of the Embers. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Becky5 9 days ago
There’s just something magnetic about a light romantic tale from the Old West. Add some mystery and suspense and you have the ingredients for a very enjoyable read by Amanda Cabot, Out of the Embers. Evelyn Radcliffe and young Polly escape the orphanage fire that is deliberately set. How far must they run to find a new, secure life? Evelyn is a very mature, loyal young woman who will do anything to protect those she loves. Her “adoption” of Polly proves how unselfish she is. I liked how her unselfish helping at the Circle C eventually leads to her dream future. But the path to get there is rocky. Wyatt Clark is quickly interested in the young woman who comes to stay at the Circle C. However, the facts aren’t building a truthful foundation for a friendship, let alone anything more. Wyatt is a very responsible and caring individual who puts others above himself, as well. Which is why he is still present on the Circle C, a place he longs to leave. I love that Wyatt is not afraid to accept help and that he also listens to the voice of reason. These qualities go far in any relationship, be it friendship or love. Eventually, we see the far-reaching effects of lives lived for others. I am not as impressed with Polly, the child in this novel. However, she does seem to act true to her identity. Unless he shows up again in future books and bigger roles, I was unimpressed with the story thread of “the Watcher.” You’ll have to read the book to see if you agree. You may form a totally different opinion, which makes writing and reading these reviews fun. You get to read the actual text, write a review, then see what other readers think. One thing I know. I got a sneak peek at a few pages of the next book, and I am anxious to read the next volume, Dorothy and Brandon’s story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. This did not influence my opinions, which are solely my own.
BookReviewerNicole 11 days ago
*My Thoughts* A sweet, historically set, Texas romance emerges out of the embers with this new Cabot series! Out of the Embers proves a refreshing read with engaging characters. The perfect story to keep you entertained or to read on the beach, the plot line was unique. Uncommon for many historical novels, this book keeps you on the edge of your seat with a thread of the suspense that is both subtle and surprising. Evelyn, though she is a very strong character, also shows a lot of fear throughout the story that we can all relate to. We all have situations out of our control that scare us, and Evelyn's story was a tangible, but not pushy reminder, that God is in control. Wyatt's commitment to his family showed his heart and his relationship with Evelyn, while fast, was sweet and steady. Polly was the perfect addition to add dimension and a bit of hilarity to the story. Book one of this new series and a fun, gentle read, perfect for unexpected days off or a vacation read. I'm excited for book 2! _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot... 4 stars!
swissgranny 12 days ago
Set in the Texas Hill Country in 1855, Out of the Embers by Amanda Cabot is a great start to her Mesquite Springs series. I enjoyed meeting the many interesting, well-drawn characters and basking in the warmth of the Mesquite Springs hospitality. I admired Evelyn’s courage, ingenuity, and determination in the face of enormous difficulties. Wyatt was a wonderful, compassionate hero, and Polly stole my heart. I loved the way the inhabitants of Mesquite Springs rallied around Evelyn and Polly and helped them in their time of need. While there is plenty of suspense, intrigue, and a dash of romance in this story, Cabot has also woven threads of hope, faith, and healing into it to add some inspiration. I’m looking forward to the other books in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy courtesy of Baker Publishing Group/Revell through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions are my own.
Libbymay117 13 days ago
Out of Embers was a cute book! When I first started reading it, I was not drawn in. In fact if I didn't have to review it I probably would not have picked it up again. How awful, for Evelyn to lose the entire orphanage. However because I did have to review it, and I wanted to give it a fair second chance, I picked it up again. I can say I was not disappointed. The writing style, after the first couple of chapters, was light and easy to read, as it will be with most books. I appreciated the POV changes more than I usually do, even though they never really bother me unless there are too many of them. Evelyn following her dream was so cool! I love seeing how it played out and how satisfyingly slow we got to learn about her past and who she was and how she grew up with Mrs. Folger and her manipulation being so well kept under wraps only Wyatt could have seen it. Wyatt's horsemanship was beautiful, and his journey from wanting to escape to realizing what he needed made my heart happy. And then Polly! Polly herself never had me wrapped around her fingers. She felt like she was written as a cliche little girl. And I don't mean offense to the author, but I work with little girls all the time. They have their personalities and their habits and their quirks that make you smile. Polly didn't have any of that. I feel like she was undersold. She had so much potential and she was simply put into the plot to complicate things. That's not saying I didn't appreciate it. Even though she as a character was not the best developed and conveyed, her place in the story was perfect and kept me reading. All in all, I do recommend this book to readers who like a bit of historical fiction suspense. It was fun. And the sweet, slow, clean romantic aspect was a warm thread too. Then again, it felt repeated that neither Wyatt nor Evelyn wanted a partner over and over, until it was time in the story for them to start falling for each other. Summarizing, I can say, nothing in this book was perfect, but it was well done and definitely good enough. I'm keeping this one on my shelf for the next while. I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review! A positive review was not required and all opinions are my own. Thank you Revell Reads!
benhli38 13 days ago
Amanda Cabot's new book, Out of the Embers, is a quick-paced, well thought out story with believable characters as well as a strong suspenseful story. While Amanda Cabot resides in Wyoming, she also has written the bestselling books A Stolen Heart, A Borrowed Dream, and A Tender Hope. She has also written numerous series: Texas Crossroads, Texas Dreams, among others. Evelyn Radcliffe is homeless yet again even though her parents were killed ten years ago. After the orphanage that she found refuge and a workplace has burned down, she and another orphan escaped. The man who set the fire may be the one who also murdered her parents so she and the orphan flee to Mesquite Springs, TX. They both find shelter with Wyatt Clark, a horse rancher who has no plans for a family. Over time Evelyn is a distraction, but as trouble catches up to her she's a major disruption. Can Wyatt keep her safe from a man who is intent on murder, once again? Will he be successful in his own plans? Set in the Texas Hill Country of the 1850s, the West was still wild and unknown, men were noble, and strong women were made. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the way Cabot writes. This is sure to be a hit for her as her other stories have been. My views are my own, and in all fairness as I always say I absolutely loved this story. It is completely original and fresh with a good dose of sweetness added to it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for an honest and fair review.